Community Groups Share £16,000 Windfall

Community Groups Share £16,000 Windfall

Print2016 has been a busy year for the Orchard End Community Benefit Fund with seven highly deserving local projects being awarded grants totalling £16,301.

The first group to benefit were the Over Wyre Community First Responders who were awarded £2,500 earlier this year to recruit and train two new, local volunteers who will attend 999 call outs and give emergency aid whilst an ambulance is dispatched.

Mr Stan Ralph, Treasurer, Over Wyre Community First Responders said: “Community First Responders are North West Ambulance Service trained volunteers who give their time freely to help care for people and save lives in their community, particularly for those suffering heart attacks and severe breathing disorders. The Enhanced Community First Responder Course was developed to allow the opportunity to provide a higher level of care to patients and also to attend an increased range of calls including falls and trauma incidents. Whilst training and operational support are provided, certain initial equipment purchases and running costs must be funded from the local community. North West Ambulance Service and the Over Wyre Community First Responder Group are immensely grateful to REG Power Management for the funding support they have given for one new Community First Responder and one new Enhanced Community First Responder to help us give greater medical support to the local community.”

Next to share the good fortune were The Eagland Hill Action Group and Pilling Parish Council who are working together to purchase an automatic number plate recognition camera to help keep the isolated community of Eagland Hill safe. The camera will capture the registration plates of cars entering and leaving Eagland Hill. Data will then be available to the Police if there are incidents of theft in the area.

Most recently to be celebrating are Eagland Hill School Room who will purchase new staging blocks for the community centre and The Eagland Hill Community Fund who will purchase two new picnic tables for members of the public to use when the weather improves next year.

The local wildlife is also set to benefit as Fylde Bird Club will receive a grant to provide autumn and winter food for declining farmland birds in order to improve their winter survival rates.

The final scheme to be awarded a grant this year is ‘Bird Watch’ which will be delivered by The Eagland Hill Action Group. Bird boxes with built-in cameras will be placed in trees behind the Old School Room and will provide live footage to a website to allow people to view the activity inside the nests.

Monies for the Community Fund are provided by REG Power Management which operates the Orchard End wind farm. The Fund makes available £16,000 each year.

Carey Green from REG Power Management, said: “It’s great to see such a variety of schemes benefitting from the Fund this year. From projects to help protect local residents in isolated rural communities, to feeding the birds! Congratulations to all the successful groups.”

Groups located within a 3km radius of the wind farm can apply for amounts between £250 and £4,000. There are two rounds of funding each year, and half of the annual available funding, £8,000, is available at each round.

The Fund is being administered by GrantScape. Groups wishing to make an application can do so using a simple online application form. For further details about the Fund and how to apply, please click here

Groups can also contact the Fund Manager, Liz Payne directly on 01282 543775 / 07963 987653 if they would like to discuss a potential project or need help making an application.

The next application deadline is Wednesday, 14 December 2016 which is now just around the corner. The application process is very simple so don’t delay apply today! Decisions on the next round will be announced before the end February 2017.